My passion for The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital began when I was six years old and admitted to the hospital with a rare life-threatening illness called Congenital Intestinal Gestational Malrotation.
Every year, my determination for raising funds and awareness for The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital grows.
- When I was eight years old I participated in the Big Change Roundup For Kids raising $150. Since then, I have continued fundraising and at the age of 12, I started an annual donation-only yard sale. I know that all proceeds go right to The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and truly make a difference in the lives of patients.
- In 2012, I became the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion representing The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital – the biggest honor of my life. During that time I visited Children’s Miracle Networks Hospitals partners, spoke at events, and I even got to go to Disney World and meet President Obama in Washington, DC!
- I have become a “Forever Champion,” serving as an ambassador for The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and traveling around the nation to speak about fundraising and help raise awareness on the importance of service and leadership.
- This year, I started competing in pageants and was recently awarded the Miss Vermont Teen where The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital is my platform to inspire others to get involved.
As a Development Intern, I am helping to coordinate the 25th Annual UVM Medical Center Golf Tournament to benefit The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, taking place Monday, July 21 at the Burlington Country Club. This job has opened up my eyes to the true “behind-the-scenes” work of some of our biggest events. It takes a lot of time, effort, heart, and determination to make this event a huge success. I am committed because I know first-hand the difference the funds make in the lives of patients and how they help to make the hospital a fun place to be.
I am thankful for the phenomenal employees, for their time and for caring as much about the hospital as I do. I also want to thank all of our players, sponsors, and item donors because without them the Golf Tournament would not be possible. I am excited to attend this years’ event and meeting so many amazing people that are there to help the hospital.
If you are a business owner and would like to contribute there is still time! Or, consider getting involved in a future event! I cannot think of anything better than giving back and helping others. The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital at the University of Vermont Medical Center has helped me grow tremendously and shaped me into who I am today.
I hope to become a Child Life Specialist at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital someday, but no matter what I do it will always be for the greater good of the hospital and the patients. The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital saved my life and was there for me when I needed them. Now that I am able, I do all I can to give back to them!
Victoria LaRen is a Development Intern in the Development Department at the University of Vermont Medical Center.